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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries: Ecotheology

The Kelly Library collects resources to support the programs of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology. The collection includes documentaries and feature films with ecological themes.


PN 1997 .B339 1994 DVD
96 minutes; released 1994.
A nature film shot on six continents in 24 countries. Baraka captures the planet's glories and violent calamities.

The Blue Planet

GC11.2 .B58 2002 DVD
4 discs, total 392 minutes
An eight-part BBC series about the natural history of the Earth's oceans. Narrated by David Attenborough.

Caring for Waters

TC426 .C377 2006 DVD
4 half-hour episodes
This series looks at efforts in Canada and Kenya to find sustainable solutions to the problem of water scarcity.

Concert for Indigenous Restoration

E98 .S7 C6 1991 VHS
82 minutes, released 1991.
A documentary concert by Native North Americans about spiritual existence and environmental protection. Speakers from the Iroquois Confederacy, singers, drummers, and dancers from Alaska to Mexico, are some of the traditional and contemporary performers. In Iroquoian and English languages.

Concert Indigenous Restoration

E98 .S7 C63 1992 VHS
55 minutes
The Iroquois reminds us through their music that we must defend and protect the environment. For use by the University of Toronto only. In Iroquoian and English languages.

Creation as God's Gift

BT695.5 .W37 2004 VHS
60 minutes; released 2004.
Bishop Kallistos Ware lectures on Eastern Orthodoxy and the ecological crisis.

Teaching Company

Effective Stewardship: Wisdom on the Environment

BT695.5 .E34 2008 DVD
20 minutes
An examination of the role of humans as stewards of God's creation. Produced by the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.

The 11th Hour

GF75 .E44 2008 DVD
92 minutes; released 2007.
Leonardo DiCaprio explores the indelible footprint that humans have left on this planet and the catastrophic effects of environmental neglect and abuse, and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity.

The Iroquois Speak Out for Mother Earth

E99 .I7 I73 2001 VHS
52 minutes
A film by Danny Beaton, a Mohawk of the Turtle Clan, of Iroquois people speaking on environmental issues. In English and Iroquoian languages.

Is God Green?

GE197 .I846 2006 DVD
60 minutes
Bll Moyers talks with conservative evangelical Americans about the moral and biblical obligation to care for the environment.

Keeping the Earth

GF21 ,K44 1996 DVD
27 minutes
This inspirational video calls on everybody to serve as good stewards of the natural world. Prominent scientists and religious leaders offer their perspectives on the need to protect our environment and the diverse species that share it.

Mohawk Wisdom Keepers: Native Americans Speak for Mother Earth and Peace

E99 .M8 M6 1999 VHS
43 minutes
Danny Beaton depicts the traditional teachings and beliefs of noted Mohawks. The women and men speak of medicines, the great law of peace, and keeping our world sacred for the future seven generations that will come.

Oren Lyons the Faithkeeper

E99 .O58 O74 2006 DVD
58 minutes
Bill Moyers interviews Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons about the spiritual basis of his environmentalism.

Patmos: Echoes of the Apocalypse

DF901 .P27 P37 1991 VHS
55 minutes
A documentary about the Greek island of Patmos, showing the relationship between the Book of Revelation and challenges to the environment.

Recreating Eden

BS1237 .R437 2006 DVD (Season 1)
BS1237 .R4372 2006 DVD (Season 2)
13 episodes, each 23 minutes
A television series about spectacular gardens and the lives of those who tend them.

The Second Thanksgiving

E99 .S3 S4 2002 VHS
60 minutes
Filmed on the Six Nations reserve near Grand River, Ontario, this video looks at the spiritual nourishment given by First Nations people to non-Native people "in the same way we provided physical nourishment to the people on the Mayflower and Columbus's voyages". Directed by Mohawk environmentalist activist, Danny Beaton.

Spirit and Nature

BL65 .N35 S689 2004 DVD
37 minutes
Bill Moyers interviews Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Native American scholars about the human need to see nature as sacred.

Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Universe

BX4700 .L7 C667 2004z DVD
60 minutes
Environmental activist Father Thomas Berry discusses spirituality, humanity and our connection with the natural world. Included on the DVD The Company: Inigo and his Jesuits.

Thomas Berry: The Great Story

BT695.5 .T46 2002 DVD
49 minutes
Environmental activist Father Thomas Berry discusses his view of the universe as a cosmic liturgy.